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It’s starting to seem less and less likely that Aaron Rodgers will be able to make a comeback this season for Green Bay, and that’s terrible news for Packers fans as well as fans of quality NFL football.

The star quarterback recently took a minute to unwind and play video games with Conan O’Brien — one of the television host’s best and most genuine segments with stars — and in the process of explaining to O’Brien what happened, Rodgers revealed that he had to get 13 screws inserted into his clavicle.

According to reports, a long metal plate was part of the process as well.

That’s a huge amount of screws in a small area of the body, so naturally, Jason Wilde of ESPN reached out to Rogers to get the truth. The quarterback was a bit more cryptic with the sports reporter — he didn’t confirm a number of screws — but he seemed to give an indication that he may have been telling the truth.

“It’s TV. Sometimes you exaggerate. And then sometimes, you tell the truth.”

If Rodgers was telling O’Brien the truth about the screws and the plate undoubtedly associated with them, that’s terrible news for the Packers. Sure, in the long-term getting the surgery and required hardware is what’s in Rodgers’ best interest and it may bring him back stronger and better than before, but in the short term, this is terrible news for Green Bay.

According to former NFL head team doctor David Chao, the screws and plate would actually mean a longer recovery than what was initially expected:

There was at the very least some hope that Rodgers could make a comeback in time for a playoff run, that is of course assuming that Brett Hundley can keep the Packers in the playoff hunt — which as we’ve seen is no guarantee.

From bad news to worse news to terrible news for Green Bay.

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Andrew has been a sports writer since 2010, featured on Bleacher Report, 247Sports, Fansided and elsewhere. His work has also been seen on MSN, Forbes and in the LA Times. Andrew coached high school football for five years and writes about football, and just about anything, for Fanbuzz.
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